Snow covers parts of the ancient Acropolis hill and Plaka, the tourist district of Athens, Greece as temperatures drop to -23C. Picture: AP
Snow covers parts of the ancient Acropolis hill and Plaka, the tourist district of Athens, Greece as temperatures drop to -23C. Picture: AP

Europe shivers as Greece temps plunge to -23C

GREECE has been blighted by -23C temperatures and snowfall as Europe is devastated by a deadly winter storm that has killed several people and sparked travel chaos.

According to The Sun those living in Athens awoke to the rare sight of snow as some of the city's most famous monuments became topped with white powder.

 

Snow covers the archaeological site of the temple of Zeus and the National Garden in Athens, Greece, with temperatures in parts of the country plunging well below freezing. Picture: AP
Snow covers the archaeological site of the temple of Zeus and the National Garden in Athens, Greece, with temperatures in parts of the country plunging well below freezing. Picture: AP

 

The Temple of Olympian Zeus and Acropolis of Athens became almost unrecognisable, while neighbouring country Cyprus was also battered by heavy rain and snow.

Istanbul, in Turkey, also saw snowfall. Camlica Mosque on the Asian side of the Bosphorus was framed by a scattering of the white stuff.

 

A woman passes a snow-covered bridge in Myrodafni village, northwestern Greece as temperatures plunge. Picture: AP
A woman passes a snow-covered bridge in Myrodafni village, northwestern Greece as temperatures plunge. Picture: AP

 

But it's not all picturesque scenes. For some countries the conditions have been deadly.

Mass snowfall has plagued the Swiss Alps, forcing resorts to close more than 1600 kilometres of ski slopes and 450 ski lifts.

At least 16 people have been reported dead across Europe as a result of the snow.

Hundreds of flights are due to be cancelled and delayed in Europe this week, causing travel chaos.

 

People enjoy the snow at a park in northern Athens, Greece. Schools will remain closed across many parts of the country as heavy snowfall continues. Picture: AP
People enjoy the snow at a park in northern Athens, Greece. Schools will remain closed across many parts of the country as heavy snowfall continues. Picture: AP

 

Flights to and from Austria and Germany have been severely effected by the snow, with the Foreign Office warning travellers to check the status of their flights before making their way to the airport.

Germany has experienced severe flight cancellations and delays over the last few days.

The stormy weather has caused 120 flights from Munich Airport to be cancelled and delayed.

 

 

A man jogs at a snow covered park in northern Athens, Greece. Picture: AP
A man jogs at a snow covered park in northern Athens, Greece. Picture: AP

 

Among the latest to lose their lives in the killer storm was a woman who was trapped under an avalanche.

Rescue workers fought to rescue her but failed to pull her to safety.

 

 

Vespa scooters are covered with snow in Zurich, Switzerland after the Alp region was hit by heavy snowfall. Picture: AP
Vespa scooters are covered with snow in Zurich, Switzerland after the Alp region was hit by heavy snowfall. Picture: AP

 

In the highest peaks of the alps, a popular holiday destination for many at this time of year, three metres of snow has settled.

The past week has proved deadly for skiers, after a 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman who went missing while snowshoeing were found dead near Salzburg in central Austria.

Rescuers with dogs were still searching for two others who went missing while snowshoeing near Hohenberg in Lower Austria, Austrian news agency APA reported.

There was also tragedy in Germany, where a 44-year-old skier died in Wackersberg, Bavaria, when he was hit by tree branches brought down by heavy snow, police said.

BBC Weather has issued a red warning for southeastern parts of Germany and Austria where even more snow is set to fall.

Austrian police said that a 16-year-old boy from Australia was killed in an avalanche in St. Anton am Arlberg as he was skiing with his family on Wednesday.

In Slovakia, a 37-year-old Slovak man was killed by an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains.

A 20-year-old woman died on Saturday after she was buried by an avalanche on the Teisenberg mountain range in Upper Bavaria, near the Austrian border.

 

A swimmer runs to dive in, at a snow-covered beach in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece despite a cold snap. Picture: AP
A swimmer runs to dive in, at a snow-covered beach in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece despite a cold snap. Picture: AP

 

A 29-year-old Swedish woman and three Finnish nationals aged 29, 32 and 36 were presumed dead after an avalanche near Tromsoe last Wednesday.

In Austria, the Hochkar alpine road and the entire Hochkar skiing region have been closed because of the high risk of avalanches.

 

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.


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